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Use of "aus" in a sentence

Hi, I was doing one of the stories and came across this sentence...

"Monika ruft ihre beste Freundin Johanna von ihrem neuen Büro aus an."

what is the meaning of "aus" here?

February 11, 2018



"von ... aus" basically means "from".

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But why does this sentence have both "von" and "aus"?


It's a kind of prepositional expression that "encapsulates" the actual position. With only one half of it, the sentence doesn't make sense. See also https://www.dict.cc/?s=von+aus

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Thanks, I don't get it; but I will work on it.


I'm sorry, there is not much more of an explanation. The single words mean something like "of"/"from" and "out", but together they form a fixed expression that has exactly this meaning of coming from, starting from, originating from, seen from.

Sometimes German does these funny things, when some part of a sentence is split and put around another one, like the separable verbs do (anschalten -> Ich schalte das Licht an), or the compound predicates (essen (Inf.) - habe gegessen (Perfekt) - Ich habe heute Mittag ein Schnitzel gegessen).

"Von ... aus" works the same way: "Von meinem Standpunkt aus ist es nicht schwer". (From my point of view it's not difficult).


It explains that the call comes from the office. It has the same meaning like in the sentence: "Ich komme aus Frankreich." It explains a direction. I would translate "aus" with "from"

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